If you are reading this article, it is obvious that you are interested in online classes. Many more people are using online classes to be able to work and raise a family while also getting a degree. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Here are some disadvantages to consider before you start an online degree.
Before you enroll in any online course (or in person course for that matter), check that the school or program is accredited. High quality schools are proud of their accreditation and would love to share their status. Accrediting agencies also like to accredit good schools. This means that the accreditation information should be easy to find.
If a school is not accredited, your classes, credit, and degree will be worthless.
Online classes mean you get little to none in-person contact with the professor and other students. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is something people underestimate. Online classes can make it harder to answer questions and possibly understand the material.
Because of this, online classes can be a more passive experience, in which you gather information without discussing it.
Some think that online classes will be easier than on campus classes. This is not the case. They require the same amount of work, if not more, than their real world counterparts. Since online classes are becoming more popular and better quality, it is expected they will continue to become more rigorous.
Online classes require a lot of self-discipline. While there are deadlines for assignments, the bigger issue is allotting time to do them. Without the reminders from your professor, it can be easy to forget assignments. If you have a hard time with time management and being self motivated, online school might not be for you.
Degree programs generally require you to meet with an academic advisor regularly to make sure you are still on track to get your degree. If you are only doing a few online courses or a hybrid degree, this doesn’t really apply. If you are going for a completely online degree, you will not have a counselor to keep you on track. You will need to make sure that you are completing the correct courses to get your degree.
If you’ve read over this list and feel like you can overcome these obstacles, then maybe online classes are a good choice for you. With education being as expensive as it is, it is important to ensure you get the best fit for you to avoid wasting time, energy, and money.